ALIYA HALL/THE CHRONICLE The Once Famous Grill and Quackers is delivering 130 full Thanksgiving dinners, which feed 5-6 people each, to Springfield Public Schools families.
SPRINGFIELD – Thanksgiving is Keith Lewis’ favorite holiday. As owner of The Once Famous Grill in Eugene, he realized two years ago that he wanted to give back.
“He was talking about wanting to do something … and we thought, ‘Let’s do it with people, people are down on their luck right now — let’s do a meal,’” Amy Lewis, Keith’s wife, said.
Now on year two, The Once Famous Grill partnered with Quackers to deliver 130 full turkey dinners to feed five to six people to Springfield Public School families in need. The meals include a frozen turkey, sides, fixings and pies. They held pickup at Quackers on Nov. 19 from 2-4 p.m.
Still, COVID-19 has made their tradition more challenging. Food costs doubled and was hard to find in bulk.
“But we still pulled it off,” Keith said. “We have a lot to be thankful for; there’s a lot of love in the community.”
Amy said the most rewarding aspect is seeing people’s faces when they come in.
“Everyone is so grateful and I love it,” she said.
Keith said that Quakers have also been supportive.
“It’s already a trying year,” he said. “We got hit up last minute by people who lost jobs and it’s been a struggle for more people than we know.”